Franklin Police Lieutenant celebrated for 29 years of service; Lt. John Lawrence retires today

 

Lt. John Lawrence began his career with the Franklin Police Department February 3, 1992. Prior to achieving the rank of Lieutenant, Lawrence has enjoyed serving the Department and Franklin community as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, SWAT Team member and commander, and Patrol Sergeant. His most recent assignments include Chief Firearms Instructor and Rangemaster.

Lt. Lawrence grew up in Arkansas before joining the Army, where he served as an Infantryman, in the 101st and Korea. Lawrence continued his service to America in The National Guard and Army Reserve for 21 years, retiring as a Master Sergeant.

Lt. Lawrence has degrees from Arkansas State University and MTSU. He is also a Class 252 graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy.

“Lt. Lawrence has served both his country and the City of Franklin,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “He accomplished so much as a member of the FPD. I am grateful for him and wish him the best in his retirement.”

John’s contributions to the Franklin Police Department over the past 29 years have been immeasurable, and he will be greatly missed by his Franklin PD family.

Colleagues, friends & citizens can leave their sentiments and well-wishes for Lt. Lawrence by posting them in our Leave a Reply field, below. 

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Franklin Police Officer celebrated for 25 years of service; Officer Ed Baynes retires at Christmas

Officer Ed Baynes began his 25-year career with the Franklin Police Department in 1995 as an Emergency Dispatcher. Quickly falling in love with serving others in crisis, he soon transferred to the Patrol Division as a full-time Franklin Police Officer and has enjoyed serving the Franklin community ever since!

In addition to his current assignment to the Department’s Field Operations Division, Baynes was instrumental, as a Field Training Officer, in training dozens of new Franklin Police Officers. “I intentionally stayed in patrol for my entire career because that’s where I’ve loved serving,” said Baynes. “Wearing a uniform and driving a police car every day gave me an incredible opportunity to interact with some amazing citizens whom it’s been a distinct honor to serve.” 

“Officer Baynes has dedicated his life to protecting the people of Franklin,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “His professionalism and caring attitude inspired all of us. We wish him the very best in his retirement.”

Officer Baynes has called the Franklin area home since he was 13. He looks forward to spending more time with family and working with his church. Ed’s contributions to the Franklin Police Department over the past 25 years have been immeasurable, and he will be greatly missed by his Franklin PD family.

Colleagues, friends & citizens can leave their sentiments and well-wishes for Officer baynes by posting them in our Leave a Reply field, below. 

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FPD bids farewell to long-time employee, Angie Hardemon

Today the Department bids farewell to a beloved, long-time employee, Angela Hardemon. Angie, as her friends call her, started her career with the Franklin Police Department as an Emergency Dispatcher in 1984. Since that time, she has served as a Parking Enforcement Officer, Records Clerk, Administrative Assistant, and currently serves as the Department’s Records Unit Supervisor. Today is her last day on the job.

Service to the community runs in Angie’s family. Her mom, Miss Eddie retired from the City Clerk’s Office in 2013, her brother, Keith, serves in the Street Department, and her daughter, Alicia, is a Victim/Witness Advocate with the District Attorney’s Office. A proud Franklin High School graduate, Angie has always called Franklin home.

“Ms. Hardemon has worked so hard for so long,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “She has always been focused and dedicated to the Franklin Police Department. She deserves to have this special time with her family. We will all miss her smile.”

Retired Sergeant, Barbara Derricks

In her distinguished career, Angie has served under six different Franklin Police Chiefs, and fondly remembers Sergeant Barbara Derricks (Ret.) encouraging her to apply at the FPD in 1984. “Sgt. Derricks was so encouraging, and helped to give me a start at a career I’ve loved for decades,” said Hardemon. “I’ve had some incredible opportunities along the way and will be forever grateful for my FPD family. They’ve helped shape me, and taught me what being a good person and leader is all about.”

Angie’s thoughtfulness and her daily presence at Headquarters will be missed by her colleagues and life-long friends. She looks forward to spending more time with family, especially her 9-month-old grandson, Uriah Matthew Campbell.

COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, AND CITIZENS CAN LEAVE THEIR SENTIMENTS AND WELL-WISHES FOR Angela hardemon BY POSTING THEM IN OUR LEAVE A REPLY FIELD.
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Franklin Police Officer celebrated for 25 years of service; Officer Carlos Cordero to retire, Friday

Born and raised in rural East Texas, Officer Carlos Cordero began his 25-year career with the Franklin Police Department in 1995. His law enforcement service, however, spans more than an impressive 35 years. After graduating from the Baytown, Texas Police Academy in 1985, Cordero’s early law enforcement career included service as a State of Texas Correctional Officer, Deputy Sheriff in Walker County, Texas, Narcotics Agent for the Central East Texas Narcotics Task Force, and Deputy Constable in Houston.

During his amazing 25-year career with the Franklin Police Department, Officer Cordero excelled at assignments in the 21st Judicial Drug Task Force, as a Detective in the FPD Criminal Investigation Division, and most recently as a day shift Patrol Officer known (and loved) for walking or riding his police bicycle on the downtown Franklin beat. His pleasant demeanor, bilingual abilities, and passion for keeping Franklin safe is sincerely appreciated and will be missed by residents, business owners, and his Franklin Police family.

“Officer Cordero has always been a consummate professional law enforcement officer,” Said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “He came to work every day with a wonderful smile and positive attitude— always ready to come to the aid of anyone who needed him. He will be incredibly missed by all of us.”

Officer Carlos Cordero said, “It has been a pleasure to protect and serve the citizens of Historic Franklin. I have met visitors from around the world on Main Street who fell in love with the charm and friendly people here. I have made great memories and met lifelong friends. Adios!” 

COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, AND CITIZENS CAN LEAVE THEIR SENTIMENTS AND WELL-WISHES FOR Officer Cordero BY POSTING THEM IN OUR LEAVE A REPLY FIELD.
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One of Franklin’s Top Cops celebrated for his service; Deputy Chief Greg Policastro to retire, Friday

Deputy Chief Greg Policastro, who joined the Franklin Police Department in 2014, is retiring. After beginning his career with the Baltimore Police Department in 1972, he served the Lakeland (Florida) Police Department for nearly 26 years, retiring at the rank of Captain to accept a position with the FPD.

After serving as Deputy Chief of FPD’s Criminal Investigation Division, Policastro is retiring as the head of the Department’s Field Operations Division, which includes Uniformed Patrol, SWAT, Crisis Negotiations, Underwater Recovery & Swift Water Rescue, Traffic & Motors Unit, and Bike Patrol. 

“It has been my pride and privilege to serve the City of Franklin over the past six years,” said Deputy Chief Policastro. “I’m grateful to Chief Faulkner and the remarkable officers who daily demonstrate their dedication and commitment to the residents and visitors of Franklin. I’m proud to have watched this team’s tireless work throughout the many challenges of this past year.”

Chief Deborah Faulkner said, “Deputy Chief Greg Policastro has been a valued member of my staff and the Franklin Police Department. He has served throughout his law enforcement career with pride and professionalism. I will miss him but look forward to seeing him around Franklin with his dear wife, Judith.” 

“Greg and his family have been an important part of our extended City family,” said City Administrator Eric Stuckey. “His contributions to the FPD and connection to our community are a great source of pride. I congratulate the Policastro’s as they start this new chapter and am glad that they will continue to call Franklin home.”

Deputy Chief Policastro’s last day on the job is Friday.  

COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, AND CITIZENS CAN LEAVE THEIR SENTIMENTS AND WELL-WISHES FOR Deputy Chief Policastro BY POSTING THEM IN OUR LEAVE A REPLY FIELD. 

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Franklin Police accepting donations for 2020 Kristi Clark, Carter Oakley FPD Christmas Toy Drive

You can leave your unwrapped toy for children, ages 1-17, in the Franklin Police Headquarters Lobby, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, between now and December 18.

On February 16, 2015, Kristi Clark and her 10-year-old son, Carter Oakley, were hit by a semi and killed after they got out of their car to help five people in an overturned SUV on an ice-covered I-65 in Franklin. Nearly six years later, Kristi’s dad, Brad Lewis, stays very much in touch with members of the Franklin Police Department. A bond brought about by tragedy will bring help to needy families this Christmas, in memory of two good Samaritans who died helping others in need.

Mr. Lewis, a skilled craftsman, has built 10-wooden toy boxes in his daughter & grandson’s honor and donated them to the Franklin Police Department. Now, Franklin Police Officers want to fill them with toys for needy Franklin families.

The Franklin Police Department needs
– new toy donations –

Citizens can drop off a new, unwrapped gift for children up to 17-years-old,
–Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm– 
Monetary donations cannot be accepted.

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Franklin Police Officer celebrated for 25 years of service; Officer Russ Lockard to retire, today

Officer Russ Lockard began his 25-year career with the Franklin Police Department in 1995 as an emergency dispatcher. Quickly realizing his passion for police work, he soon transferred to the Patrol Division as a full-time Franklin Police Officer and has never looked back!

In addition to his current assignment to the Department’s Field Operations Division, Lockard’s distinguished career includes assignments as a SWAT Operator, Field Training Officer, Detective, and Interim Sergeant leading the Department’s Officer Training Program.

Officer Lockard is a two-time recipient of the Chief’s Coin in recognition of his excellence while leading the Department’s training program, where he specialized in firearms training and emergency vehicle operations.

Officer Lockard’s contributions to the Franklin Police Department over the past 25 years have been immeasurable, and he will be greatly missed by his Franklin PD family. Russ looks forward to spending more time with his wife of 27 years, Ann, and their daughter Ashley.

“Franklin is a beautiful city, and it has been a privilege to watch its growth for the past 25 years,” said Lockard. “I will certainly miss the people that I have been fortunate enough to connect with while working here.”

Colleagues, friends, and citizens can leave their sentiments and well-wishes for Officer Lockard by posting them in our Leave a Reply field, below. 

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Now Hiring: Franklin PD Seeking Qualified, Tennessee POST Certified Police Officers

Now through November 13, the Franklin Police Department is accepting applications from Tennessee P.O.S.T certified officers who would like to join the force.  

Under limited supervision, Franklin Police Officers patrol assigned zones while exercising responsibility for the enforcement of state and local laws relating to public safety and welfare. They control traffic, prevent crime and disturbances of the peace, and arrest violators. While working under often stressful, high-risk conditions, our officers apply good independent judgment when dealing with dangerous or unusual situations, and implement safe practices and procedures.

  • Testing & interviews held December 7, 2020
  • $47,507, must be Tennessee P.O.S.T. Certified;
    $50k after completing probation.
  • Take-home car program
  • 4-day work week
  • On-site fitness facilities
  • Vacation & sick leave, paid personal days, and 10 additional paid holidays
  • Annual uniform & equipment allowance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Medical, dental, vision benefits

Education and Experience:
The required knowledge, skill, and abilities to satisfactorily perform job duties are normally acquired through attainment of an Associate’s degree or equivalent from two-year College or technical school; or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

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Franklin Police to Close Historic Downtown Neighborhood Streets on Halloween

Franklin Police Officers will be focusing on neighborhood safety as community kids gear up to trick-or-treat in less than two weeks. While it’s unclear what level of participation the community will experience, officers will be doing their part to ensure a safe, enjoyable Halloween for Franklin residents.

Due to its traditionally high volume of pedestrian activity, Franklin Police Officers will close West Main Street and Fair Street to vehicle traffic between 7th & 11th Avenues, and 9th Avenue between Natchez St. & 96W, to help make it safe for trick-or-treaters.

Closure times:
5 pm to 9 pm on Saturday, October 31
(see the map).

CDC guidance and other helpful information on safely celebrating amid a pandemic can be found here: CDC Halloween Guidance


Trick-or-treat days & times in Franklin
are set by individual neighborhoods and homeowner associations.


Statistics show that children are at higher risk of being hit by a car and seriously injured on Halloween than any other night of the year. Reasons include:

  • They often choose to take the shortest route, which may mean darting out between parked cars rather than taking the safer route of crossing at corners.
  • They are not good at evaluating potential traffic threats.
  • They are more likely to ignore their peripheral vision and are generally less attentive to their surroundings.
  • They tend to take more risks.
  • They cannot cross the street as rapidly as adults.
  • They may be distracted by other children’s costumes and actions, and home decorations.

Police encourage parents to trick-or-treat with their kids,
and to tell them that some people driving
cars may not see or slow down for them.


To search for information on registered sex offenders
living in proximity to specific geographic locations,
click to visit the Sex Offender Registry.

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@FranklinTNPD
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Franklin Police reaffirm help, hope during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

For many, home is a place of love, safety, and comfort. For millions, though, it’s anything but. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, about 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are victims of physical violence by a partner every year.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the display on the lawn at Franklin Police Headquarters symbolizes the Department’s commitment to helping victims. Domestic violence perpetrated on an individual is a crime against our entire community. For help, call Franklin Police: (615) 794-2513. For shelter information, call (615) 599-5777 or click.

For the latest domestic violence statistics, visit www.domesticviolencestatistics.org.